HEALTH / WELL-BEING

Reintegration of Military Nurse Veterans

Article

This article examines how measures of mindfulness, spirituality, and storytelling affect the reintegration of 159 military nurses after service in a combat zone.

Abstract

This research focuses on how measures of mindfulness, spirituality, and storytelling affect the reintegration of 159 military nurses after service in a combat zone. Chief nurses of all branches of service forwarded a survey link to nurses who had served in Iraq or Afghanistan during Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and regression analyses. Findings suggest that spirituality, mindfulness, and storytelling strategies may mitigate the effects of war on deployed nurses. Nurses used a variety of strategies that made their time during deployment less stressful and their reintegration after deployment less traumatic.

Full Reference

Stanton, M., Houser, R., Parker, M., Eyer, J., Warren, D., Dunn, L., Koenig, H.. 2017. Reintegration of Military Nurse Veterans. Military Behavioural Health. 5:2, 163-171.